Unplayable Piece Used to Test Player Pianos


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It's called "Circus Galop" or "Death Waltz", and it's used to test the performance of player pianos. No single person has ever played it...so far. But if we can put a man on the moon, surely we can genetically engineer a superhuman species that can perform it.

-via Boing Boing

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Why would anyone WANT to play it? Impressively fast with a broad range, but aesthetically unpleasing. Fine for testing machines.

Ah, there's a new passive-aggressive term for faint praise. "Fine for testing machines."
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There is no way for the average human hand to span that many keys at one time. In one spot in the video 6 keys are being pressed and the span for one hand would be 13 keys. I have very long fingers and can't span that far apart. Did this composer write this specifically for this purpose?
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My friend's player piano had a test roll that would take it through the wringer in the same way, but not the same song.
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